A 40-year-old man was arrested after two patients were killed at Somerset Hospital in Cape Town.
The incident happened on Saturday when the suspect grabbed a police pistol and fired several shots, according to the South African Police Service (Juices) in the Western Cape.
“Reports from the scene show that Sea Point police took a 35-year-old suspect to Somerset Hospital for medical treatment when a man in the ward grabbed a police officer’s firearm and shot him in the head,” police said. statement.
“Then the man shot two patients who were nearby. Both died on the spot, and a 32-year-old police officer was seriously injured.
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“SAP officers who were at the scene disarmed the suspect and arrested him. The identities of the victims of the shooting have not been determined yet.
“As this story unfolds, further details are still being agreed,” the statement said.
Prime Minister of the Western Cape, Alan Wind after the incident visited the hospital.
“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the loss tonight of two residents who were patients of New Somerset Hospital during a horrific incident in which several shots were fired.
“While the motives and exact circumstances are being clarified, I was told at the scene that another person had removed a firearm from a police officer, shot and seriously injured an officer. He then fired deadly shots at two nearby patients, ”he told Fr. tweet.
“My deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this senseless act. My thoughts and heart are also with the wounded officer and his family, who I desperately hope will endure this tragic night, ”Wide added.
Last month, 61-year-old Primrose Park Elementary School secretary in Manenberg was shot dead.
According to reportsZuraya Barden was on her way to work when she was shot dead on Kunene Road near the school premises.
Barden was reportedly with his 6-year-old grandson when gunmen fired several shots into the window from the driver’s side, fatally injuring her but leaving the grandson intact.
A family member told eNCA that they thought the incident was a hit because none of her belongings were taken away.
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Western Cape police spokesman FC Van Wyk said a murder case had been opened.
Talking to News24 chairman of the Manenberg Community Policing Forum (CPF) Vernon Visagi, who said the area is prone to gang-related crimes, especially executions.
“They shoot at any time, even when kids go to school or people go to work. They are [gangsters] it doesn’t matter. It’s scary when such violence becomes the norm, ”Vernon said.
He also expressed concern to teachers and students after the incident.
Barden was buried on April 9th.